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Fists; I ran like lightning, they caught up with me, continued to hit me, took everything I had — money (130 francs), my coat, my wallet, etc; streaming with blood, panting, I went to the nearest police station; a police officer took me to the 37. Albert Chapotin, Les Défaitistes de l’amour, Paris, Le Livre pour tous, 1927, 510 pages, p. 177. 38. Quentin Crisp, The Naked Civil-Servant, op. 33. 39. 67. 20 Breaking the Silence: Homosexuals and Public Opinion hospital, where I was bandaged up, and back to the police station, where I gave a deposition; I missed the last bus, and had to go back by taxi.
Cicely Hamilton rejected the idea that marriage was obligatory; however, although she had some female liaisons, she never mentioned them in her autobiography. In fact, before the war, no feminist openly acknowledged being lesbian; such an admission was sure to compromise her politically. 49 The First World War was a major turning point in relations between feminists and lesbians. 50 Right after the war, the femi47. Cited by Christine Bard, Les Filles de Marianne. Histoire des féminismes in France, 19141940, Paris, Fayard, 1995, 528 pages.
More than educational level, the extent to which one needed social approval may explain the differences in attitude. Broadmindedness was particularly visible at the universities, and in the literary and artistic milieux. The upper classes had had their consciousness raised by the circulation of works on sexology. In the working class and the lower middle class, the stereotypes were very long lived, even if Daniel Guerin claims that homosexuality was more accepted in workman’s circles than among the middle class: “I lived the in 20th arrondissement and in the evening one would see, at the little restaurants, guys between the ages of twenty and thirty, all single and not in the least put out if one expressed a certain homosexual desire for them.